A blood test for heart disease in people who have recently had a cardiac arrest is a common finding.
But a new study suggests that blood tests for other conditions, like diabetes, may also be a sign that someone has heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Medicine found that people who had had a heart condition in the past two weeks and had a positive blood test on the same day had a significantly higher risk of developing diabetes than those who had not had a history of heart disease, according to the study.
For example, people who’d had a high blood pressure test in the previous week had a 36 percent increased risk of diabetes compared to people who hadn’t had a test in two weeks.
People who had a blood test in December had a 37 percent increased chance of diabetes, compared to those who didn’t have a test two weeks later.
In the study, researchers looked at data from more than 9,000 people, all of whom had a cardiovascular disease.
They found that a blood glucose test that’s taken six hours to take could be an indicator of heart problems.
In some cases, that meant a person had a new blood test within six hours of having a heart failure.
In another study, people with diabetes who had their blood sugar measured two hours after their cardiac arrest also had a 40 percent increased rate of diabetes.
The study, published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that the risk of diabetic heart disease increased with age.
The risk of the condition rose to 29 percent for people 50 and older and 20 percent for those 50 and younger.
Diabetes is a progressive disease that affects about 20 percent of the U.S. population.
The condition has become a focus of attention as a potential cause of heart failure, but the researchers did not say how much of the increased risk was attributable to the new blood glucose testing.